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Organizational Delusions (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)
The Truth About Scientology ^ | Feb 15, 05 | Murray Luther

Posted on 02/15/2005 4:54:51 PM PST by Murray Luther

The Forbidden Side of Scientology
By the Reverend Murray Luther, Feb 15, 05

Organizational Delusions

"I have always thought it was a most valuable trait to recognize reality and not to pursue delusions. But when I now think over my life up to and including the years of imprisonment, there was no period in which I was free of delusory notions."

    That's a quote by Albert Speer, from his 1970 publication of his memoirs, Inside the Third Reich. It took him 20 years of reflection in Spandau prison to come to that unfortunate conclusion. Not only is his account of the Hitler regime revealing, but it's unique too, as he was the only Nazi official to admit guilt for war crimes during the Nuremberg trials.

    Inside the Third Reich
is a must-read for anyone seeking more understanding of the anatomy of dictatorships. For those familiar with the history of the Church of Scientology, and especially those who used to be on the inside, they will see many parallels. Speer provides us with some insight into the mindset of a totalitarian organization:

"The departure from reality, which was visibly spreading like a contagion, was no peculiarity of the National Socialist regime. But in normal circumstances people who turn their backs on reality are soon set straight by the mockery and criticism of those around them, which makes them aware they have lost credibility. In the Third Reich there were no such correctives, especially for those who belonged to the upper stratum. On the contrary, every self-deception was multiplied as in a hall of distorting mirrors, becoming a repeatedly confirmed picture of a fantastical dream world which no longer bore any relationship to the grim outside world"

    Scientologists, like many other fanatical groups, maintain and enforce their own version of reality-a pseudo-utopia that thrives independently of the outside world. This "world of Scientology" is impervious to even the most ordinary of social customs and constraints, and manages to survive largely due to the Church's rigid enforcement of group policy. It's a totalitarian system designed to be tamper-proof and immune to outside influence. Scientologists are obliged to operate within this closed system while at the same time forbidden to make honest critical evaluations of its operation.

    Scientologists would no doubt dispute this assessment by arguing that their organizational structure has a built in remedy in the form of an Ethics Division and a Qualifications Division. But even these departments are subject to the rigid edicts of those at the top-executives driven by a strict adherence to Hubbard's policies. Scientologists are never allowed to integrate outside ideas into their system. There is "standard tech," and there's "standard admin." All Hubbard, all the time. When you work for the Church, Hubbard is not only the best way, it's the only way.

    When a Church of Scientology staff member finds himself in disagreement with some aspect of the organization, that person immediately receives "correction." It's a process that I imagine might have been similar to the sort of things that went on with political dissidents in the old Soviet Union. Soviet citizens who couldn't tow the party line always had the option of "re-education." The Soviet Union had re-orientation camps in Siberia; the Church of Scientology has the Rehabilitation Project Force.

    The RPF evolved from Hubbard's "Mud Box Brigade." Hubbard said, "…this group is the most downstat and one gets assigned to it by being a freeloader…" A Church staffer can get assigned to the RPF as the result of neglecting policy, insubordination to a senior, or anything that a senior executive perceives to be a security risk. It's similar to military "KP duty," but much more extreme. RPF staff wear gray prison-like uniforms, work long hours performing physical labor, and are forbidden to speak to anyone but their immediate senior. In addition to their grueling work schedule, they also receive "Ethics handling" in which they're required to confess their transgressions against the Church.

    Public Scientologists don't have to go through such a severe gauntlet as the RPF, but they too have no choice but to go along with L. Ron Hubbard's view of the world. Any student who dares question any aspect of the tech simply gets sent to "Cramming" to restudy the material for as long as it takes until the disagreement is "handled." Even the most minor expression of dissatisfaction can cost you hours of correction lists, security checks, and days on end slugging it out with the Ethics Officer. In the end, the Scientologist must accept Church dogma without doubts or reservations.

    Albert Speer gives us a look into how absolute notions can lead to grand departures from reality. He explains, "…in Hitler's system, as in every totalitarian regime, when a man's position rises, his isolation increases and he is therefore more sheltered from harsh reality;" Speer relates one incident in which Hermann Goering refused to accept that American fighters had finally encroached into German skies, despite the irrefutable evidence presented by one of his generals. Goering simply countered the evidence by issuing an official order stating that nobody saw any fighters. Speer describes the exchange: ". . . [Goering] acted like a bankrupt who up to the last moment wants to deceive himself along with his creditors."

    Albert Speer eventually faced up to reality, though not soon enough to avoid a twenty-year imprisonment for war crimes. On the other hand, there were those in the Nazi regime who had become incapable of facing up to the delusional world they'd created. Hitler, along with his top officials, Goering, Himmler, and Goebbels preferred to take their own lives rather than face the harsh realities of their destructive regime. How ironic that these criminal despots finally met the harshest reality of all.

Murray Luther is the pen name of a Scientologist of over twenty-five years who remains in good standing with the Church. © Copyright Murray Luther 2005. All rights Reserved


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: cults; extremists; fanatics; lronhubbard; scientology
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1 posted on 02/15/2005 4:54:52 PM PST by Murray Luther
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To: Murray Luther

bump for later....


2 posted on 02/15/2005 4:55:32 PM PST by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: Murray Luther

Sorry. I can't read this. My Thetans had a conference call with Xenu and decided that it's *clear* I should not be reading this.

:P


3 posted on 02/15/2005 4:57:09 PM PST by PeterFinn (Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?)
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To: Murray Luther

bump for later deprogramming


4 posted on 02/15/2005 4:59:46 PM PST by bubman
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To: Murray Luther

the more I hear of Scientology, the less amused I am by it.


5 posted on 02/15/2005 5:01:27 PM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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To: Murray Luther

How does one leave the Church of Scientology? Seems like they'd send goons.


6 posted on 02/15/2005 5:04:42 PM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: PeterFinn

Are they trying to say Xenu isnt real? That Xenu didnt appear to L Ron Hubbard at the burning bush?


7 posted on 02/15/2005 5:05:36 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Murray Luther
Murray Luther is the pen name of a Scientologist of over twenty-five years who remains in good standing with the Church.

Ok. Just understand that the “church” of Scientology is not a Church in any real respect – just as the Rajneesh Foundation International wasn’t a church.

Whatever.

Soviet citizens who couldn't tow the party line always had the option of "re-education."

“tow the line” s/b “toe the line”

You might want to incorporate the change in your copyrighted material, that’s all.

8 posted on 02/15/2005 5:10:29 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Murray Luther

A very scary and destructive cult.


9 posted on 02/15/2005 5:11:08 PM PST by squirt-gun
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To: King Prout

You should hear Frank Zappa's parody... the Church of Appliantology.

You are a latent appliance fetishist, it appears to me.


10 posted on 02/15/2005 5:20:20 PM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: Murray Luther
Hail Xenu!
11 posted on 02/15/2005 5:23:07 PM PST by pogo101
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To: thoughtomator

?


12 posted on 02/15/2005 5:24:30 PM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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To: King Prout

The following is from the Album _Joe's_Garage_, by Frank Zappa.

"For once, [Joe] does something SMART...he goes out...and pays a lot
of money to L. Ron Hoover...at the *First Church of Appliantology*!

Arriving at L. RON HOOVER's modernistic office/cathedral/
warehouse/condominium complex, JOE is greeted by a pre-recorded
message and a dramatically illuminated image on a wall-sized TV
screen...

L RON HOOVER: Welcome to the First Church of Appliantology! The
WHITE ZONE is for loading and unloading only!

JOE seeks The Answer to his problem...

JOE: Oh oh oh
Mystical Advisor
What is my problem, tell me
Can you see?

L. Ron Hoover: Well, you have nothing to fear, my son!
You are a *Latent Appliance Fetishist*,
It appears to me!

Joe: That all seems very, very strange.
I never crazed a toaster
Or a color TV.

L. Ron: A *Latent Appliance Fetishist*
Is a person who *refuses to admit to his or herself*
that sexual gratification can only be achieved
Through the use of MACHINES...
Get the picture?

Joe: Are you telling me I should come out of the closet now
Mr. Ron?

L. Ron: No, my son! You must go *into* THE CLOSET
And you will have A lot of fun!
That's where they all live
So if you want an
Appliance to love you
You'll have to go in there
'N' get you one

Joe: Well...that seems simple enough....

L. Ron: Yes, but if you want a really GOOD one,
You'll have to learn a foreign language...

Joe: German, for instance?

L. Ron: That's right...
A lot of really cute ones come from over there!
(fifty bucks, please).

And a cheerful group of Appliantologists dance into the room wearing
aluminum foil lab smocks, lock arms in a circle around JOE, making
sure he pays in full....


13 posted on 02/15/2005 5:28:39 PM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: thoughtomator

*big sardonic grins*


14 posted on 02/15/2005 5:32:45 PM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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To: King Prout

Yeah the amazing part is that that's from the 1970s... he saw so clearly some things that are just becoming obvious today.


15 posted on 02/15/2005 5:36:53 PM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: thoughtomator

Zappa was/is no idiot.


16 posted on 02/15/2005 5:50:12 PM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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To: sgtbono2002

we could start our own religion and make big money


17 posted on 02/15/2005 5:51:52 PM PST by GeronL (The Old Media is at war with the New Media...... We are all Matt Drudges now.)
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To: Murray Luther

"The departure from reality, which was visibly spreading like a contagion, was no peculiarity of the National Socialist regime. But in normal circumstances people who turn their backs on reality are soon set straight by the mockery and criticism of those around them, which makes them aware they have lost credibility. In the Third Reich there were no such correctives, especially for those who belonged to the upper stratum. On the contrary, every self-deception was multiplied as in a hall of distorting mirrors, becoming a repeatedly confirmed picture of a fantastical dream world which no longer bore any relationship to the grim outside world"

Hehe... Sounds lke the Dem's and Lefties to me.


18 posted on 02/15/2005 6:09:40 PM PST by Kommodor (Is it just me or has the Fourth Estate become the Fifth Column?)
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To: King Prout

Sadly, Uncle Frank died a few years back of prostate cancer.

(And you are right: He was sharp)


19 posted on 02/15/2005 6:14:00 PM PST by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Murray Luther

Before I became a Chrstian, I once gave my nephew a copy of DIANETICS for his birthday...an old Girlfriend once told me I should read it, I never did, but thought it was just a self help book of some kind.

he has been searching for another copy for my birthday ever since just to rub it in my face...

We all have a good laugh over it! :)


20 posted on 02/15/2005 6:19:05 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: Kommodor
Didn't Tommy boy Cruise come out with a big tirade about a year ago saying that if anyone wanted to disrespect his "Religion" they could shove it?

Tommy boy and Johnny T. think they are so superior because of this crap religion. I think it makes them look like big, stupid, rubes that will fall for anything that comes down the pike.

21 posted on 02/15/2005 6:20:01 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: Kommodor

There is an unmistakable similarity. It's one of the reasons I've taken the time to post my essays. Extremists, fanatics, and the like come in many ideological forms.


22 posted on 02/15/2005 8:40:46 PM PST by Murray Luther (Unauthorized Correspondent for the Church of Scientology)
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To: GeronL

Thats exactly what scientology did.

That Hollyweirds love it because the religion states anything you can justify in your own conscience is fine. Well there isnt much a Hollywoodite cant justify in their own conscience.


23 posted on 02/16/2005 5:00:28 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

"Are they trying to say Xenu isnt real? That Xenu didnt appear to L Ron Hubbard at the burning bush?"

The first time I heard of Xenu and the Thetans I thought they were a 1960's rock 'n roll group.


24 posted on 02/16/2005 9:52:03 AM PST by PeterFinn (Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?)
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